Web Safety

Tech Tools

Students have more tech tools available today than ever before.  As schools and homes add more devices and functions through tablets, laptops and phones, the need to teach safe and responsible usage increases greatly.  While students are discouraged from having electronics at school, smartphones give students access to a world that school Internet filters can't protect.

 

Social Media

Facebook- Students that have Facebook or other similar accounts need to be very careful about who they select to be apart of their network.  One of the biggest problems is that students think the things they write or post are hidden from the outside world.  Most problems come from friends who write things and then when they have a problem, the bad comments come back as an issue.  

While many students would never use bad language or make threats in person, on the Internet they feel safe to do so, not realizing the problems they are causing.  Posts, texts, emails and pictures never really go away and can always be recovered as part of any investigation.  Most often the victim has kept these as evidence of the problem they are reporting.  Deleting messages only removes them from the users account and not others that might have received it.

Stranger Danger

Students should treat all unknown people or requests on the web the way they would treat a stranger.  Internet profiles are easily created and accuracy from people with bad intentions is not required.  Talk to your student so they to report to you if they receive odd or aggressive requests.  They should also know not to give out personal details like phone, address, or other types of personal and identifiable information unless they are sure of the source.  Parents should periodically monitor their use.

Facebook Tips

Anyone that connects to you or a friend of yours can likely see everything you post.

In a family use setting, one person with low privacy settings can impact everyone.

Check your browsing history to see if you recognize all access points and sites visited.

Be careful with pictures and limit those that show your face or profile.  Use avatars for public displays.

Logging in to other third-party sites from Facebook connects your personal data and that of your contacts/friends to that company through Facebook Connect.  Log out first to go visit another site.